The Associate Degree in Theology (AssocDegTh) is a two-year full time course (or part-time equivalent). It is not a suitable qualification for the majority of full-time paid ministry roles. However, it would be a good option for people in some associate or part-time part-time roles as members of ministry teams, or Christians who wish to be better equipped to serve in their current church, work, and /or home context.
The AssocDegTh is also available as an exit point after two years / 64 credit points of study in the three year courses of BTh and BMin, provided that the appropriate subject requirements have been met.
Eligibility and Financial Support
If you have completed Grade 12 with an OP of 14 or better (or the equivalent interstate or overseas) and are proficient in English, you are eligible to apply for the course. If you are aged 21 years and over and can satisfy the college of your ability to study the course, you may be eligible for mature age entry without the Grade 12 requirement. If English is not your first language, you will need to be able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English – please contact the Registrar for details.
The course is accredited within Australia as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member institution along with around 20 colleges nationally. As such, it is a recognized course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements), and for International Students (ACT CRICOS provider number is 02650E). Current fee levels for units studied in the Associate Degree of Theology can be found here.
What do I study?
At QTC, its structure involves the completion of 64 credit points as follows:
- Four subjects (16 cps) which survey the Old and New Testament documents respectively: OT301 & 302, NT301 & 302.
- At least 8 further credit points in either Old or New Testament exegesis subjects, or introductory Hebrew (LA003) or introductory Greek (LA004).
- At least two subjects from TH401-404 – subjects which cover the major doctrines of the Christian faith (8 cps).
- CH424, Reformation Church History (4 cps).
- At least one further Church History subject from among those offered by QTC (4 cps).
- TRT52, Foundations of Systematic Theology, a unit designed to introduce you to the foundations of what we believe (2cps).
- All students must also complete a major in either (1) biblical studies, (2) Christian thought, or (3) ministry & practice. In order to complete a major in either biblical studies or Christian thought, students need to complete one extra subject in addition to the above requirements in the appropriate area – either NT, OT or biblical languages for biblical studies, or Church History, Theology, Ethics or Apologetics/Philosophy for Christian Thought. Students wishing to major in Ministry & Practice need to complete four further subjects in Evangelism & Mission, Pastoral or Developmental ministries. With special permission, those taking a Ministry & Practice major may be exempted from one of the TH or CH subjects (other than not CH424).
- All students must take one project (4 cps) in a subject area that forms part of their chosen major.
- Any remaining credit points within the total of 64 can be used to study electives from any field, drawn from the list of subjects offered for the BTh at QTC.
Your course of study is governed by the above structure as well as the Australian College of Theology’s course regulations for the AssocDegTh.
Your next step?
Contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.
QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The CRICOS code for the ACT’s Associate Degree of Theology is 054716F